Alsatian – White Rose Movement
The opening chords are intriguing, giving way to an infectious beat, but the filtered vocals are almost a disappointment.
Staring at the Sun – TV on the Radio
Such texture, beginning with Tunde Adebimpe’s and Kyp Malone’s a cappella voices harmonizing over the sounds of Spanish radio. Then the doo-wop effect is interrupted by an insistent throbbing synth pulse which gives way to vocals that invoke, oddly enough, a new-wave, Peter Gabriel feel. The lyrics then bring it all together:
Cross the street from your storefront cemetery
hear me hailing from inside and realize
I am the conscience clear
in pain or ecstasy
and we were all weaned my dear
upon the same fatigue
Throw Some D’s (Travis Barker Remix) – Rich Boy
From Alabama rapper, Rich Boy, “Throw some D’s” is a fun, bouncy anthem of excess. The beat is more than infectious, like some other tracks on this album; it’s mesmerizing.
One track is sorely missed, Entourage’s theme song, “Superhero” by Jane’s Addiction really should have been included. But over all, if great rhythms, rich interplay of rap, ska, R&B, and indie sensibilities (and somewhat dodgy lyrics) appeal to you, check out the Entourage soundtrack.